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December 2008

A la Carte
Cellar Notes
Arts and Entertainment
  • Rhyme & Reason
    Katie Kuehn

    From social injustice to childhood memories, Cleveland Heights’ poets laureate share their thought-provoking works in a new athology.

  • The Bright Side
    by Lynne Thompson
    An unconventional Christmas album and a film debut show a different side of Sarah.
  • Airy Christmas
    Caitlin Johnson
    Fifty inflatables will adorn the Onofrey family’s home this year.
  • Mood Music
    Jim Vickers
    Jim Brickman has sold millions of CDs, sang a duet with Kermit the Frog and toured with Donny Osmond. This month, the Shaker Heights native comes home for a Dec. 26 holiday concert at Severance Hall.
  • Steel Support
    Lynne Thompson
    Why is the house where Superman was born not a well-known Cleveland landmark? Author Brad Meltzer wondered the same thing. Then, he helped make sure Jerry Siegel’s childhood home will be preserved for future comic book fans.
The Experience
  • Building A 65-pound gingerbread house
    By Dr. John Learner
    Dentist John Learner has built seven ultimate gingerbread houses for the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual contest. This year’s project was his most ambitious: a replica of St. Ignatius High School’s main building.
  • Cult of the Holiday Brew
    John Long
     ‘Christmas Ale!’ demand the thirsty hordes who descend upon Great Lakes Brewing Co., and any local store with a cooler, in their annual search for cinnamon-spiced winter bliss.
  • Kiefer’s Restaurant
    The old sign still hangs outside this Ohio City landmark that served an unforgettable Wiener schnitzel and provided its patrons a place to reconnect with the old neighborhood.
  • Miller’s Dining Room
    Admit it, those sticky buns on those silver trays are what you miss most about this Lakewood restaurant.
  • The Oktobeer Games
    Matt Beargie and Andrew Rafferty
    The Cleveland Magazine drinking team writes a cornhole Cinderella story.
  • The Silver Grille
    Lynne Thompson
    Hused inside Higbee’s, the Silver Grille was a holiday-season dining destination that grew into a Cleveland icon.
    Today, nearly two decades after closing its doors, former patrons still talk about the Welsh rarebit on its menu.
  • Top of the Town

    There was a time when men always wore suits and sauerkraut balls were considered a fancy appetizer.
    touffer’s Top of the Town was born of this era and became a downtown dining icon that lasted more than three decades.

  • Olympic Dreams
    Stefanie Wass
    With skating championships coming to town, our writer returns to the rink and recalls a childhood spent on the ice.
Special Sections
  • Retirement: It’s not just a fairy tale
    story by Jennifer Keirn

    Sure the economy’s Grimm. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live happily ever after.  Follow our experts’ advice, and all your retirement dreams could come true.

Health Care Guide
  • Words to Live By - The Best Things to Eat (on a Budget)
    Stories by Lynne Thompson
    With a new year on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about committing to a healthier 2009. (And if you’re anything like us, you could probably use a little inspiration.) So we turned to our medical community and asked leading minds in the fields of diet, obesity and work-life balance for advice to take beyond Jan. 1, then consulted with a pair of Clevelanders who are inspiring people of all ages to move more.
  • An Eye forFashion
    Kristen Hampshire
    Susan Scaparotti gives a personal touch to her red i jewelry line
Web Extra
  • More Pierogi Fillings
    St. Andrew Ukranian Catholic church in Parma produces pierogi by the hundreds of dozens. After sharing the secret of its potato-filled pierogi in our December feature story about classic Cleveland eats, the church also told us how to produce some of its other favorite pierogi fillings.
  • The Write Stuff
    Inspired by everything from Lake Erie to the Grand Canyon, Cleveland Heights’ poets laureate Meredith Holmes, Mary Weems and Loren Weiss share some of their poems included in the new anthology Awake at the End.

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